Both Newcastle and Arsenal managed battling 0-0 draws last time out, but will the goals make a swift return at St James’ Park in Saturday’s lunchtime kick off? Arsene Wenger will be looking to jump-start Arsenal’s season with a win over The Magpies, but will their shaky makeshift defence finally cave in?
Arsene Wenger had his goalkeeper Petr Cech to thank as Arsenal managed to scrape a 0-0 draw at The Emirates against a much improved Liverpool side on Monday. Along with their £10m signing from Chelsea, Arsenal were also left thanking the woodwork for saving them twice during the match.
The Gunners’ makeshift central defensive partnership of Callum Chambers and Gabriel Paulista looked nervy throughout the match and were extremely lucky that their keeper was in inspired form to keep out a series of efforts from Liverpool’s attackers.
Unfortunately for Wenger, his first choice centre backs, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, are both still on the treatment table and look increasingly likely to miss the trip to the North East. Their absence will be music to the ears of Steve McLaren after watching his team fail to score in either of their last two League games.
Newcastle failed to test Sergio Romero enough at Old Trafford, and they also managed to draw a blank in Wales as Swansea picked them off to secure a comfortable 2-0 victory after Daryl Janmaat needlessly got himself sent off for persistent fouling.
One positive for Newcastle is the imminent return of their influential midfielder Mohamed Sissoko who looks likely to return to the squad for the clash against Arsenal.
I doubt that Newcastle will go out to attack Arsenal, and they will probably stick to the same approach that saw them frustrate Man United last Saturday. However, with the home crowd behind them, urging them on in attack, Newcastle will probably leave themselves a tad more exposed that they did at Old Trafford.
Given that both teams drew blanks in their previous matches, I think Newcastle’s defence will be full of confidence that that can once again stifle one of the big teams. I don’t think this will be a high scoring match by any stretch of the imagination.
My first football betting tip for Newcastle v Arsenal is for there to be under 2.5 goals.
I reckon we might be in for a slightly slow start in the lunchtime kick off, much like last weekend. I don’t see any goals being scored in the first half of the game and so my second prediction for Newcastle v Arsenal is for the score to be 0-0 at half time.
I think with that with the confidence of grabbing a point against a much-strengthened Man United side last time out, Newcastle will have a lot more effort and desire than we have seen from them in a while. I can actually see them nicking something from this match.
The Gunners are not playing anywhere near their best yet and with worries over their defensive pairing, I feel that The Magpies may well be able to nick another vital point against the odds here.
My third and final tip is for the match to finish as a draw.
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